The Mianzhu Woodblock Rubbing Mystery

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Here are two ink rubbings, apparently taken from engraved stone tablets, of deities Zhao Gongming, the military wealth god (riding the tiger); and the sword-wielding demon-catcher Zhong Kui. The Chinese characters 鎮(家)宅 identify them as door gods protecting a household. But are they what they seem? Engraving stone tablets with the calligraphy and paintings of famous artists has a long …